National Grandparents Day banquet celebrates Rockford families

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- Sunday is National Grandparents Day and some in the Rockford community made sure they celebrated those special people in their lives.

The secular holiday turns 40 today and former president Jimmy Carter is said to be the founder of the celebration as he first declared it a national holiday in 1979.

It's meant to celebrate what some call the anchor of the family and to show children the strength and knowledge older people can offer their loved ones.

"It's very special because grandparents are the anchor of the family and they're the ones that help the children out, everybody that needs someone. You know you need some help when it comes to raising your grandchildren, and the one person you can count on is your mother and your father," said Carolyn Ferguson.